At Code for Fort Collins, we have a monthly new member night. People still show up fresh at other meetings, but it’s been a helpful way to constrain that (so we can be a little more productive other meetings). We basically have a ~15 minute summary presentation of what we do that we give them. It answers questions like:
- What’s CFA? What’s CFFC?
- Who are the core people you should know?
- What projects have we done? Are we working on?
- How you can be involved.
We experimented with making people do a PR on Github (they’d submitted a personal profile markdown file to our Jekyll site), but ended up feeling like it often felt to both them and us like not-useful busy work. The impulse – get some code in ASAP – is one I still feel though.
We definitely could do a better job getting people to return after their first night. I doubt that’s unique across brigades, but I’d love to hear if someone is succeeding in that.